Mandi, March 27
The strategically and logistically important 428-km Manali-Leh highway has been restored for single lane traffic via Baralacha pass by the Border Roads Organisation after being closed for winter for nearly five months.
However normal traffic would be allowed on it from Lahaul side to Leh after nod by the district administration of Lahaul and Spiti.
According to BRO sources, the BRO had connected Manali-Leh highway via Baralacha pass and few vehicles crossed towards Sarchu from Lahaul side.
This highway is two lane, while the BRO has restored it only for single lane traffic. The highway will be restored for two lane traffic within a few days.
Deputy Commissioner of Lahaul and Spiti Neeraj Kumar told The Tribune that “as soon BRO will restore the highway, I and Superintendent of Police will inspect the road in view of public safety to ascertain that whether it is safe for civic traffic or not. After inspection, normal traffic will be allowed on it.”
DC urged the tourists and general public to avoid travelling on this route beyond Darcha towards Leh until it is allowed by the district administration. A notification will be issued by the administration to allow the traffic movement after inspection, he said.
The highway crosses high mountain passes like Baralach-la (16,047 feet), Nakee-la (16,170 feet), Lachung-la (16,616 feet) and Tanglang-la (17,582 feet) which receives heavy snow during winter blocking it for months every year.